DIY Fashion & Jewellery

ME-MADE-MAY HALFWAY POINT

May 13, 2016
Darling Ranges Dress

ME-MADE-MAY HALFWAY POINT

I originally only had plans to write one recap post at the end of the month, but since we are two weeks into the challenge already, I wanted to write about where I’m at and what I’m noticing.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been able to wear at least one handmade garment, knit or sewn, each day. I’ve also been sewing like crazy! Essentially every free moment I’ve had, you’d find me at Needlework or at home sewing, and to be honest, it’s been such an awesome two weeks. My sleep schedule has been completely thrown off, but I’m feeling so productive and accomplished. Between the online community, and friends and other sewers I’m meeting, there is just so much support and positivity. This challenge is bringing so much happiness and joy into my life right now and I’m very grateful for it.

Sewing at midnight and taking over our dining table while finishing up the True Bias Southport Dress.

Sewing at midnight and taking over our dining table while finishing up the True Bias Southport Dress.

I’ve always been self conscious and find shopping for clothes very frustrating at times. And I know I’m not the only one who thinks shopping for pants (particularly jeans) is a nightmare! So far this month, I’ve made five new garments, and three of these are pants. I didn’t have a goal to make pants because the idea scared me. It was intimidating. But after taking the legging class at Needlework, I was feeling confident. I had made a pair of leggings and they actually fit! Woohoo! On instagram, I noticed a lot of people wearing the True Bias Hudson pants and the Made by Rae Luna pants. They just looked so comfy, I knew I wanted to try one of these. So first up was the Luna pant, since I could use a woven fabric and I’m not very comfortable working with knits just yet. So this past Saturday, I hit up Needlework in the morning and began sewing. A few hours later, I had another pair of pants complete! And they fit! My sewing abilities are improving and I’m a little less scared to try challenging patterns. So I dove right into knits this week and made a pair of Hudson pants. They are so comfy and soft and I want to make a pair in every colour and a few hemlock tees to go with them!

Cutting out the Luna pants at Needlework.

Cutting out the Luna pants at Needlework.

So out of all this, what I’m noticing is I’m feeling good about myself and what I’m wearing. I feel so good in the clothes I’m making. Yes, there are still struggles – a pattern didn’t work out how I was hoping, whether it’s the sizing needing to be adjusted or I misread the instructions – but with those struggles comes successes, and those successes feel so good! They continue to motivate me to try something out of my comfort zone, and need to slow down taking my time working through a pattern. This challenge has me looking at my wardrobe in a different way and I’m excited to continue through the next couple weeks and see more changes unfold.

I love checking out all of the Me-Made-May hashtags everyday and seeing everyone’s makes. It’s been awesome seeing how patterns look and the fabrics people choose, making me want to make something I normally wouldn’t have thought to try. So if any of you reading this are participants, I want to say thank you! The online sewing/knitting community is incredible and full of so many talented people!

Looking forward to seeing all your me-made makes and outfits for the remainder of the month! And don’t forget, you can me along on my instagram to see what handmades I’m wearing. :) Happy Friday!     

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